The Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures.
Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter.
Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. He became involved in a delighful Western version of Cinderella, complete with grouchy stepmother, ugly sisters, and a shoe that didn't fit. And at Christmas he told a young runaway the story of A Christmas Carol, Substituting the original Dickens characters with Western heavies. Britt even had time to fall in love, but it was the age-old story of people from different worlds, and the romance was foredoomed despite their valiant efforts to save it.
So we got a cowboy-into-the-sunset ending for this series, truly one of the bright spots of radio. Unfortunately, it came too late, and lasted only one season.
It was a transcribed show, sustained by NBC and directed by Jack Johnstone. Basil Adlam provided the music and Frank Burt wrote the scripts. Hal Gibney announced.
Information from John Dunning’s "Tune In Yesterday The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio".
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May 1, 2012 Subject:
THE SIX SHOOTER The Six Shooter with James Stewart
Came across this site while looking for something else, totally unrelated to OTR. Found a great nre home to listen to one of my favorite actors, doing what he does best, keeping us audience members wondering what the aww shucks, relunctant hero is going to do next to bring sensibilty to volatile situations. Great show, great actor we win, if oh so briefly. If I could score this higher I would, hands down. Thank you for the great upload.
November 6, 2011 Subject:
Why was six shooter a 1 season show.
From what I heard it was a dispute between Stewart and the producers and having Marboro cigeretts as a sponsor. Actually Stewart wanted Marboro to be the main sponsor and the producer balked at for some reason. so that was that.
August 25, 2011 Subject:
This is an excellent radio western and Jimmy Stewart is fantastic. This has quickly become one of my favorite radio shows, right behind "The Lone Ranger." The only complaint, as others have mentioned, is that it didn't last longer.
April 11, 2011 Subject:
The Six Shooter is one of the old time radio shows I enjoy the most. Jimmy Stewart did a fantastic job in his portrayal of Brit Poncet. Perhaps I enjoy the show because of Jimmy. The only complaint I have is that there aren't enough episodes!
December 25, 2010 Subject:
A Boy's Inspiration
I turned 12 years old while this show aired. I listened from the beginning and I believe I heard every show during the year it was broadcast. The program would have continued except that Mr. Stewart refused to advertise cigarettes. For that reason, the show apparently was sustained by the network just for the year. I remember when the last show aired, Mr. Stewart said goodbye for now, but that he'd be back. It so happened that he did appear in the role on TV, on General Electric theater, but only in one episode, I believe.
When I listened to the program, I would look off to the northwest out our farmhouse window and dream that one day I would also be a cowboy drifter who would go around and do good wherever I went.
The musical themes were also compelling for me - I learned them and never forgot them. They are still favorites for me.
June 12, 2010 Subject:
Jimmy Stewart Rocks! Great portrayal of a western hero during everyday life - from shooting it out with really bad guys, to avoiding the political landmines of judging strawberry preserves
April 4, 2010 Subject:
Without a doubt my fav western
the dude below (porterville) and quite frankly the people below have it right, this is just a great show. I have listened to every episode and they are all pretty damn good, not a black mark on any. It's just so sad that some great shows did not last more than a season or two. Don't get me wrong, some of the best shows of all time during the golden age of Radio lasted a very long time (Jack Benny, Suspense, Gunsmoke, Johnny Dollar, you know?) But There are a whole lot that did not.... Such as The Six Shooter, Frontier Gentleman, Quiet Please, X Minus One, and others.
February 10, 2010 Subject:
"The Six Shooter" with James Stewart is Great!
I enjoyed this program in the mid 1950's when it was rerun on KFI radio in Los Angeles about 1955-56. Jimmy Stewart did exceptionally well in this program. About 1958 John Payne made a dramatic "comeback" (he was never really gone)when "The Six Shooter" went to TV for a year or two, revitalizing his career. This is one of my favorite adult western radio programs. Thank you so much for including it in the selections.
December 11, 2009 Subject:
Jimmy Stewart made this a wonderful show. Sometimes a tense drama, other times a comedic farce, Jimmy handled the extremes well. While not as gritty as Gunsmoke, The Six Shooter definitely holds its own as one the the best radio westerns. Most worth your while!
August 23, 2009 Subject:
The Six Shooter
One of the best Old Time Radio Western programs. Jimmy Stewart is outstanding in his mild Britt Ponset. The story lines are beleivable and well plotted out. Good entertainment.
June 22, 2007 Subject:
One of the best shows ever
Not only does Jimmy Stewart bring to this show his usual calm, cool and confident personna but it is one of a very few vehicles that also show his shy and reserved side. As tough and determined as he was when confronted by a frontier wannabe gunfighter he shows how uncomfortable he was with matters of the heart. Just let a pretty young lady approach him with romance in mind and he would run like a school boy being confronted with his first dance. If you have any imagination at all this series will bring out the best of it.
May 10, 2007 Subject:
One of the Best
A great family show. Stewart really makes this work. I have listened to nearly every episode and each is great. Perhaps what make this show so different is that the main character played by James Stewart, is the perfectly honest, kind, respectful, tough, and fair person. Sure we know that few like him exist in real life but it is nice to hear programming where the hero is really a decent person.
August 9, 2006 Subject:
The short run of this series left me wanting
more. Between the character of Britt Ponsett so
ably done by Jimmy Stewart and stories which did
more than run the usual gauntlet of crooked sheriff, to sheepers vs. cattleman, I thoroughly
enjoyed each episode of this series. Throw in a
theme which you can't get enough of and its a
five star winner.
July 25, 2006 Subject:
Great western show
James Stewart brings a great character and his characteristic voice to the mike and not only James Stewart and western fans will enjoy this well made series. You will also enjoy the additional material included.